Educational inequities persist for many marginalized groups, including those from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Drawing from experiences as a deaf professional working in a general education research environment, Dr. Stephanie Cawthon will examine the tyranny of low expectations and she importance of understanding root causes when working to reduce inequities in education.
Dr. Cawthon is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Through her research, she investigates issues of equity and access in education from multiple vantage points. Dr. Cawthon explores assessment issues such as the effects of accommodations or item modifications on test scores for students with disabilities and English Language Learners. She is a national expert on issues related to standardized assessment and students who are deaf or hard of hearing, particularly in the context of accountability reforms such as No Child Left Behind. Dr. Cawthon is the director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Institute in the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, home of the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, an OSEP-funded Technical Assistance and Dissemination project that serves individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.